The Compass

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Actor and creator Damian Jermaine Thompson shares his experiences with the dark side, community, virtual teaching, overcoming adversity, joining the Actors Equity Association Council in hopes of fighting for our community of artists, Check out
Actor, writer and teacher Brittany Vicars shares her experiences over the past year with her diagnosis with a rare form of cancer, treatment, and processing and sharing this experience through her writing. We also discuss isolation and communit
Sarah Kenny is a long time theater educator with a focus towards accessibility/disability inclusion, and is currently working on her Masters in Disability Studies at CUNY School of Professional Studies. She shares her experiences with the dark
Actor, director and Executive Artistic Director of The Seeing Place Theater shares her experiences with the dark side, continuing to run a theater company and produce work virtually during the pandemic, day jobs, the importance of sharing knowl
Playwright Lily Houghton shares her experiences with the dark side, building a creative life, establishing herself as a professional playwright on her own terms after growing up in the NYC Off-Broadway community, writing and pitching for televi
Actor, activist and labor organizer Jeffrey Omura shares his experiences building a creative life, his current campaign for New York City Council (District 6, Upper West Side), the importance of art advocacy such as Be an #ArtsHero, auditioning
Director, actor, and teacher Vivienne Benesch is the Producing Artistic Director of Playmakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill, NC. She shares her experiences with the dark side, collaboration, the countless contingency plans of running a thea
Actor Chris Myers shares his experiences with the dark side, growing up as an artist in NYC, collaboration, developing the study group series "Anti-Capitalism for Artists" (current title) which gives artists a place to engage with a radical cla
Theatrical maker and teacher Emily Ritger shares her experiences with the dark side, creating community, deciding to go to grad school and invest in herself as an artist, and starting the artist cooperative The Midwives that fosters artists and
Host Leah Walsh reads from The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema Chodron Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Actor Christina Rouner shares her experiences with the dark side, resisting the comparison game, becoming a parent, auditioning, starting her own business, and gratitude. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Actor Nija Okoro shares her experiences with the dark side, the power of rituals in daily life, establishing herself in Los Angeles after growing up in NYC, falling in love with independent film, and lessons learned from her recent national tou
Actor and coach Carolyn Michelle Smith shares her experiences with the dark side, making the move from NYC to LA, constantly learning and pivoting, community, and the embracing the self-tape audition. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit meg
Host Leah Walsh reads an excerpt from Untamed by Glennon Doyle, check back soon for a new full episode! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Writer and actor Han Tang shares her experiences with the dark side, diving in to playwriting and screenwriting when she encountered the lack of opportunities for asian actors after graduating from Juilliard, teaching artist work, storytelling
Actor and director Claire Karpen shares her experiences with the dark side, getting through this time of isolation, becoming a part of The Actors' Equity Association council and what she's learned behind the scenes, hope for the future of theat
Casting Producer Sena Rich works in reality tv in Los Angeles. She shares her experiences with the dark side, deciding to pivot away from being an actor, finding her place working in casting, equity and diversity in tv/film, and the importance
Actor Carmen Zilles shares her experiences with the dark side, auditioning, community and accountability, day jobs, writing, and moving through this time of Covid as an artist. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Film, TV, Commercial and Digital Content Director and Producer Delavaga shares his experiences with the dark side, directing a feature film, how parenthood has changed him as an artist, establishing himself in a new city, and meditation. Watch
Black artists and activists, if it would be useful to you to use The Compass Podcast to amplify your voice now or in the future, please contact host Leah Walsh at leahwalsh@gmail.com. This can be outside of the format of the podcast or within i
Actor Charlie Barnett shares his experiences with the dark side, pushing yourself in auditions, hope for the film and tv industry once things start shooting again, and inhabiting such a dark role in Russian Doll on Netflix, Learn more about you
Actor Murray Bartlett shares his experiences with the dark side, making choices that prioritize your life and not just your career, moving from Australia to New York City as an artist, meditation, and what he took away from working on the HBO s
Producer Sally Cade Holmes (Hadestown, The Inheritance) shares her experiences with the dark side, the importance of mentoring, deciding to strike out on her own as a producer and consultant, staying nimble with your definition of success, and
Host Leah Walsh and her husband, actor Frankie J. Alvarez, are joined by actors Kathleen McNenny and Boyd Gaines to discuss the ups and downs of parenting in the arts, the necessity of community, keeping things in perspective, making decisions
Actor, teacher, and creator Lisa Kitchens shares her experiences with the dark side, starting Earth Stories Initiative which connects young children living in cities to the natural world through storytelling, the importance of community, and ap
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